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Meditation teacher training
Meditation teacher training is often aimed at a single modality and from a single perspective. Meditation or Mindfulness? Health or Spirituality? Goals or empty mind? Still-mind or visualisation? Therapeutic or personal? Religious or Secular? Traditional or scientific? How remarkable would it be to have a training that encompassed the whole perspective, where you find out clearly what the differences are – and the similarities – and teach the way you want, with a clear understanding of your position? That is what this training course aims to provide.
Diploma of Meditation and Mindfulness
The diploma course gives you a qualification to teach meditation, from whichever perspective you prefer, and mindfulness. It is a rigorous, 200 hour program, plus a requirement for meditation practice of one hour daily. “Oh no,” you say, “I’m much too busy for that!” Then now is the time to consider what you really feel about the benefits of meditation, isn’t it? And to consider whether the changes in the mind and brain that come of meditation are best delivered by someone who has only a minimal personal practice?
Content of the Diploma of Meditation and Mindfulness teacher training course
The content of this meditation teacher training course is thorough – from the history and purpose(s) of meditation from its distant origins to the modern day – and where mindfulness fits in, both anciently and recently. You learn how to teach from both perspectives and to be clear about what you are offering.
Biological factors in meditation: Research
You will learn about the body-mind-meditation connection and how to look for, read and understand scientific research on the subject. Research on meditation often points to changes in the brain (You can find a good overview of meditation in relation to research in this link ) You will learn the difference between talking from an idea of meditation and instead to solidly support your point of view from proven methodologies and/or respected sources.
Methods and methodology
When you have explored the methodologies of various traditions and backgrounds of meditation, you will be free to choose health-oriented mindfulness, or goal-oriented visualisation, or still-mind meditation, or whatever you feel drawn to. The training course covers tools and methods for teaching, according to your preference, within a framework larger than the single approach that you like best. If you wish to specialise, you must also understand the broad scope of the discipline you wish to teach.
Methodology of Teaching
The methods that you will use to teach – for example, mantra, still-mind, visualisation, mindfulness or others – are one thing, the methodology of teaching is another. Learning how to refine the specifics of your class plan, and how to know whether you have achieved what you intended, will be an eye-opener for most. And you will find the teaching methodolology component exceedingly valuable!
Mind and self or No-mind, no-self
This is where there is sometimes a discrepancy between proponents of ancient and modern approaches. To some, the no-mind, no-self approach is like a Zen riddle, and indeed, Zen is the epitome of learning by riddles. But there can be a rational approach to the non-rational and ineffable. Through this meditation teacher training course, you will understand no-mind, no-self at least intellectually – to get it from experience, you may need more than one year’s practice. Your principal teacher (Swami Shantananda) is one of the very few with the competence to teach this aspect of meditation, and to assist those without experience to a useful level of understanding. That understanding allows all to find what suits them, without prejudice one way or another, yet with clarity and comprehension.
Meditation and Contra-indications
Is meditation good for everyone? There are clinical and critical issues to be discovered here, before you actually invite clients into your room. What is the difference between a psychotic state and a transcendent state – or is there a difference at all? When would you refer someone on to a mental health specialist instead of teaching them yourself? We have to understand what “duty of care” entails.
Towards the latter part of the program, you will teach your own learner’s course, testing out in real life the methodological processes and understanding that you will have acquired through the course. Getting to that point includes how to set up a class and manage the diversity of responses you are likely to come across. You will consider issues of role boundaries and fee-setting, amongst other things.
Meditation teacher training in 2019 will commence in March. It entails 21 Saturdays spread between March and November, along with weekly programs in group practice. Minimum requirement for entry is at least one year of meditation practice in one form or another. On acceptance you will commit to a practice of one hour of still-mind meditation per day (and see what a difference it makes to you!).
Completion of meditation teacher training will result in a Diploma of Meditation and Mindfulness. It may be issued from Blackburn Meditation and Mindfulness, or from the Australian College of Classical Yoga, whichever you prefer.
The meditation teacher training program more than meets the requirements of Meditation Australia, and has approval from meditation Australia. It ought to be a simple matter to join the Association, the peak body for serious meditation teachers with no further requirement to demonstrate your credentials.
Depending on your background you may have to discuss with the Association what your entry level is. For therapists using meditation, generally the Association requires an appropriate university degree, for example in psychology.
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